Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer at The New Yorker, writing profiles, narrative features and commentary since 2004. Previously, she was a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and, from 1995 to 1999, an editor at The New Republic.
Her pieces covering legal issues, social policy, and cultural history have appeared, in addition to the Times Magazine and The New Republic, in The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, and the Times Book Review.
She was one of the founding editors of the National Magazine award-winning Lingua Franca: The Review of Academic Life and was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Japan Society Fellowship, among other honors. Her book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century, came out in 2012. She also wrote, with David Talbot, last year’s By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution, a collection of profiles about progressive activism of the 1960s and 70s. She studied history at UC Berkeley as an undergrad and as a dilatory, ABD grad student at Harvard.